'Inclusion through Enacted Citizenship in Urban Spaces'

This special issue of the Journal of Social Inclusion is co-edited by Helen Hintjens and Rachel Kurian. It includes contributions by several academics at the International Institute of Social Studies and Erasmus University Rotterdam.

In their editorial, Hintjens and Kurian discuss the main theoretical concerns guiding, drawing on the work of Engin on ‘enacted citizenship,’ and combine Hannah Arendt’s ‘right to have rights’ with Henri Lefebvre’s ‘right to the city,’ for inspiration. They hope that these concepts will help in the exploration of the ‘grey areas’ of partial inclusion and exclusion, and to connect the informal with the formal, migrants with professionals, locals with those from elsewhere.

Contributions by ISS academics

Enabling Social Inclusion and Urban Citizenship of Older Adults through eHealth: The iZi Project in the Hague

By Rachel Kurian, Nicole Menke, Surrendra Santokhi and Erwin Tak

In this article co-authored Rachel Kurian and her co-authors from the Municipality of The Hague discusses a pilot project pioneered by the Municipality of The Hague where attention and space was given for the elderly to express their physical and emotional needs in different fora with relevant stakeholders, and reflect on ways in which eHealth could be of help to them. 

Hostile Immigration Policy and the Limits of Sanctuary as Resistance: Counter-Conduct as Constructive Critique

By Cathy A. Wilcock

In this article, Cathy Wilcock addresses the tense relationship between national and municipal approaches to the inclusion and exclusion of irregular immigrant ‘non-citizens.’ She assesses the extent to which city-based sanctuary movements in the UK provide effective resistance to the national policies of hostility.

Diasporic Civic Agency and Participation: Inclusive Policy-Making and Common Solutions in a Dutch Municipality

By Antony Otieno Ong'ayo

Academic researcher Antony Otieno Ong'ayo examines how African diaspora organizations have sought to exercise their civic agency and to influence policy-making in The Hague to become more inclusive, by proposing common solutions and collective initiatives. His aim is to understand how diaspora collective initiatives are informed by notions of civic agency, and how prospects can be generated for diasporas to secure the ‘right to have rights’ and ensure that the host municipality addresses concerns related to the diasporas’ exclusion. 

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Social Inclusion (ISSN: 2183-2803) is a peer-reviewed open access journal which provides academics and policy-makers with a forum to discuss and promote a more socially inclusive society.